REROC to pilot Joint Organisations' Model

Cr Paul Braybrooks OAM, REROC Chairman welcomed the announcement by the NSW Minister of Local Government that REROC had been selected as one of five groups of councils across the State to trial the new Joint Organisation of Councils model.
REROC lodged an Expression of Interest to trial the model in mid-October and was one of eleven groups of councils to do so. In making its submission REROC was required to argue its case as to why it should be chosen for the pilot.
“The Organisation’s significant successes over a substantial period of time that demonstrated how well our member councils collaborate I believe was pivotal in our selection to be part of the trial” Cr Braybrooks said.
The formation of Joint Organisations was one of the major recommendations to come from the Independent Panel’s Review of Local Government. The Panel’s final report released earlier this year recommended that councils work in regions to focus on the delivery of strategic planning outcomes and for advocacy and lobbying activities.
“Throughout the Local Government Review Panel’s consultation process REROC continually put forward ideas about how we could build on the success of our existing organisation to work more closely with the State to deliver strategic planning outcomes that would benefit our region. We have been very pro-active in our approach and our members are looking forward to the challenge of creating a new organisational structure that will support our members to become fit for the future.” Cr Braybrooks said.
REROC representatives will be attending a meeting with the Office of Local Government on Monday 17 November to discuss the next steps in the process. Minister for Local Government Hon Paul Toole will be addressing that meeting to talk about his vision for the operation of Joint Organisations.